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Climate Change Is Making Hawaii’s Beaches More Dangerous Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Climate Change Is Making Hawaii’s Beaches More Dangerous

The effects of a rapidly warming planet have reshaped the work of lifeguards, emergency responders and health officials.

A New Roadmap For Battling Hawaii’s Intensifying Natural Hazards Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A New Roadmap For Battling Hawaii’s Intensifying Natural Hazards

Hawaii is vulnerable to hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, lava flows and sea level rise. A new guidebook offers local leaders tools for tackling these hazards.

‘We’re Not Scared’: Hawaii Confronts Next Wave Of Climate Change Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

‘We’re Not Scared’: Hawaii Confronts Next Wave Of Climate Change

Local emerging leaders and experts in their fields expound on the importance of bringing diverse minds to the table to develop solutions.

Microplastics From Kure Atoll Star In Flashy New Campaign Swaantje Güntzel Microplastics II, 2016 by Henriette Pogoda

Microplastics From Kure Atoll Star In Flashy New Campaign

Many common skin care products add to the bombardment of microplastics in the ocean. A new German campaign seeks legislative support to rid them from store shelves.

Dozens Of Climate Change Bills Went Down The Political Drain This Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Dozens Of Climate Change Bills Went Down The Political Drain This Session

There was a lot of talk about the need to address sea level rise and other problems but virtually no action in the Hawaii Legislature.

VIDEO: Oahu’s Disappearing Beaches Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

VIDEO: Oahu’s Disappearing Beaches

Touring the south shore in the Civil Beat van, climate experts Chip Fletcher and Sam Lemmo talk with us about sea level rise and beach erosion.

Hawaii Lawmakers Have Largely Dropped The Ball On Slowing Climate Change Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Have Largely Dropped The Ball On Slowing Climate Change

Efforts to address the effects of a warming planet on a vulnerable island state have mostly fallen short this session.

Schatz Leads Senate Dems On Climate Change: ‘The Crisis Of Our Generation’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Schatz Leads Senate Dems On Climate Change: ‘The Crisis Of Our Generation’

The Hawaii senator is chairman of a new committee on the climate crisis. He talks about what that means.

Buyer Beware: Oceanfront Homes Keep Going Up Despite Rising Seas Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Buyer Beware: Oceanfront Homes Keep Going Up Despite Rising Seas

Now, Hawaii lawmakers are considering bills that force sellers to tell prospective owners about vulnerable coastal properties.

Neutralizing Our Carbon Footprint, One Tree At A Time Courtesy: Paulina Sato/Malama Learning Center

Neutralizing Our Carbon Footprint, One Tree At A Time

Civil Beat teamed with a UH climate professor and the Malama Learning Center to offset some of our staff’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Many Climate Change Bills Are Still Alive, Including A Carbon Tax Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Many Climate Change Bills Are Still Alive, Including A Carbon Tax

At the session’s halfway point, several new measures have support. But some current initiatives will expire if action isn’t taken.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Protecting Farms Must Be A Climate Priority Katie Boon/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Protecting Farms Must Be A Climate Priority

While rising sea levels get much of the attention, another significant threat is the impact of severe weather on Hawaii’s mountains, watersheds and ag lands.

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